2016 NHL Entry Draft Results
Posted By: Chris Ransom Last Updated: June 25, 2016.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Joseph Woll, G, United States National Team Developmental Program (USHL) C Grade
- Toronto drafts a developmental goalie. He has a 2.60 GAA and an .898 save percentage in 12 starts.
Edmonton Oilers: Markus Niemelainen, D, Saginaw Spirit (OHL) A+ Grade
- Markus Niemelainen transferred from HPK in the SM Liiga league in Finland over to the CHL to play with the Saginaw Spirit. The 6-5 190 lb defenseman has 1 goal, 26 assists, and 27 points in his first year with the Saginaw Spirit. Niemelainen is a quarterback on the power play and will get some time as a line 3 defenseman and line 2 power play defenseman for Team Cherry at the 2016 CHL Prospects Game.
- Edmonton gets their third A grade or higher and second A+ grade. I gave them an A grade for Puljujarvi at 4, and the Oilers continue to dominate draft day with a second round prospect that fills their biggest need on defense in the third round.
Vancouver Canucks: William Lockwood, RW, United States National Team Developmental Program (USHL) D Grade
- I can make an argument for giving the Canucks a C grade and I could make an argument for them getting an F grade here too so I'll give the Canucks a D grade because I thought there were better USHL players available on Team USA.
Columbus Blue Jackets: Vitaly Abramov, LW, Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL) A+ Grade
- This year through 63 games, Abramov had 38 goals, 55 assists, 93 points, and a +36 +/- ratio. Abramov has 7 goals, 6 assists, and 13 points in 10 QMJHL Playoff games. Abramov has the numbers of a first round prospect, but the B draft grade of a second round pick drops him. Being a 5-9 175 lb winger also hurts.
- Abramov also is expected to play line 1 left wing on the power play for Team Cherry. Abramov played line 4 right winger for Team Cherry after there was hype about him being a line 1 guy. That really hurt Abramov's draft stock.
- Despite that, Abramov is still a first round winger. I think Vitaly Abramov is a fantastic fit for Columbus. There is no way you can say the Blue Jackets don't deserve an A+ grade for taking Abramov, a late first round prospect in the third round.
Calgary Flames: Adam Fox, D, United States National Team Developmental Program (USHL) B Grade
- Calgary drafts one more defenseman for depth. Adam Fox had 5 goals, 17 assists, and 22 points in the USHL in 2015-2016.
Carolina Hurricanes: Matt Filipe, LW, Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL) B Grade
- Matt Filipe could have gone anywhere between the late second round and the early third round. One scouting service had him at 128 grading him out as a fifth round prospect. Carolina deserves a B grade for taking Filipe at this point.
Arizona Coyotes: Cam Dineen, D, North Bay Battalion (OHL) A+ Grade
- Dineen had 13 goals, 46 assists, and 59 points this season. Dineen also had 8 assists in 11 games during the 2016 OHL Playoffs making him the latest defenseman to join the Coyotes. Dineen has the awareness, hockey IQ, and passing to be an offensive defenseman in the NHL. Dineen was a second round prospect that fell to the third round. Arizona would probably limit him to a line 3 role with the additions of Jakob Chychrun and Anthony DeAngelo as future prospects.
Buffalo Sabres: Cliff Pu, RW, London Knights (OHL) A- Grade
- The Sabres grab a right winger for depth. Cliff Pu really did well during the 2016 OHL Playoffs and the 2016 Memorial Cup.
Montreal Canadiens: William Bitten, C, Flint Firebirds (OHL) A+ Grade
- Montreal drafts one more center for depth. William Bitten has been effective this season with 30 goals, 35 assists, and 65 points. He provides tremendous value in the third round.
Colorado Avalanche: Josh Anderson, D, Prince George Cougars (WHL) B Grade
- Josh Anderson is a fourth round prospect. Colorado needs defense and after ignoring defense for the best player on the board in the first two rounds, I cannot blame the Avalanche for taking Anderson if they believe he's the top defenseman available since the Avalanche don't have a fourth round pick.
Toronto Maple Leafs: James Greenway, D, United States National Team Developmental Program (USHL) B Grade
- Toronto needs some youth on the blue line. James Greenway is a solid pick here.
New Jersey Devils: Joseph Anderson, RW, United States National Team Developmental Program (USHL) B Grade
- Joseph Anderson also known as Joey Anderson is a third round pick. Taking Anderson is still a good selection in the third round.
Carolina Hurricanes: Hudson Elynuik, C, Spokane Chiefs (WHL) B Grade
- Hudson Elynuik is a solid prospect to develop for the future. I can understand why Carolina drafted him here.
Carolina Hurricanes: Jack Lafontaine, G, Janesville Jets (NAHL) C- Grade
- Jack Lafontaine is a poor mans version of Matej Tomek the NAHL goalie drafted in the third round of the 2015 NHL Draft. Lafontaine had better numbers then Tomek, but he's less durable and has some durability concerns which make me wonder if he'll ever play in the NHL.
Nashville Predators: Rem Pitlick, C, Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL) B- Grade
- Nashville drafts a forward for depth. Rem Pitlick can play left wing, center, or right wing with his versatility. Pitlick had 43 goals, 46 assists, and 89 points in 56 games.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Connor Hall, D, Kitchener Rangers (OHL) C- Grade
- Connor Hall could have gone anywhere in between rounds 2 and 5. I'm giving the Penguins a C- grade for trading Beau Bennett to get this pick.
Nashville Predators: Frederic Allard, D, Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL) A+ Grade
- Frederic Allard had 14 goals, 45 assists, 59 points, and a -7 +/- ratio in 64 games. Allard had 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 points, and a -2 +/- ratio in 6 games during the 2016 QMJHL Playoffs. Allard is more of an offensive defenseman right now, but the 6-1 178 lb defenseman has the ability to develop into a two-way defenseman in the NHL because he does forecheck and battle for the puck. Allard has great stick handling, but struggles with blocking shots at this stage in his career which is why he needs to remain in the QMJHL to correct his defensive flaws.
Winnipeg Jets: Luke Green, D, Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) A+ Grade
- Winnipeg gets a second round prospect with Luke Green in the third round. At this point you would think that player would have to be Luke Green, the #1 overall pick in the 2014 QMJHL Draft.
- The 6-0 190 lb Green possesses exceptional defensive awareness. As a rookie, Green had 6 goals, 30 assists, and 36 points along with a +0 +/- ratio. This year in 2015-2016 Green had 10 goals, 25 assists, and 35 points along with a +18 +/- ratio. Green had 1 goal, 2 assists, and 3 points in the 2016 QMJHL Playoffs.
- Green played on the Saint John Sea Dogs second line each of the past two seasons. Green will get line 1 action in a year from now once Jakub Zboril or Thomas Chabot gets called up to the NHL after both defensemen were first round draft picks in 2015.
- Luke Green will play for Team Orr at the 2016 CHL Prospects Game. It's uncertain which defensive line he ends up on, but he will play in the 2016 CHL Prospects Game. At this point, I'd guess Green would be a front 4 player on line 1 or line 2.
New York Islanders: Brandon Gingac, C, Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL) C Grade
- Brandon Gingac had 24 goals, 37 assists, and 61 points in 2015. Gingac seems like a guy that could develop into a future center. His playmaking and vision is outstanding.
New York Rangers: Sean Day, D, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) A+ Grade
- Sean Day was a top 10 prospect at one point. Day's draft stock took a huge hit in 2015-2016. Still, Day should be available in the middle of the second round and may fall even further since Day only had 6 goals, 16 assists, 22 points and a -12 +/- ratio through 57 games in 2015-2016. Day had 1 goal, 2 assists, and 3 points in 7 games.
- Day will play for Team Cherry in the 2016 CHL Prospects Game. Day ended up playing the third line for Team Cherry at the 2016 CHL Prospects Game. That's why I did not move him up in my mock draft.
Philadelphia Flyers: Carsen Twarynsky, LW, Calgary Hitmen (WHL) C Grade
- Philadelphia is stacked with center prospects. They can focus on adding another left winger here. The 6-2 201 lb Carsen Twarynsky only has one year of experience in the WHL, but you are looking at a future AHL line 1 skater that may crack a fourth line in the NHL one day. Twarynsky is a fourth round prospect so I'm giving the Flyers a C grade for a slight reach.
Chicago Blackhawks: Wouter Peeters, G, E.C. Salzburg Red Bulls (AHL) D Grade
- Wouter Peeters is a project goalie. He has great size at 6-4 205 lbs. He's the sixth best European goalie and had a 0.96 GAA in 2 playoff games. Peeters is a huge project that projects as a backup goalie in the NHL.
- I'm giving Peeters a D grade, this ia reach, but it doesn't warrant an F grade, plus there is potential with Peeters. Peeters can be a starting goalie on the Rockford IceHogs in the American Hockey League in the AHL after previously playing in the Austrian Hockey League.
Edmonton Oilers: Matthew Cairns, D, Georgetown Raiders (OJHL) C Grade
- Edmonton needs defense. Cairns is a fifth round pick. I'm gonna give this pick a C grade.
Anaheim Ducks: Josh Mahura, D, Red Deer Rebels (WHL) B- Grade
- The good news is that Josh Mahura bulked up from 6-0 169 lbs to 6-0 179 lbs. Mahura added 10 lbs of muscle, but has only played one game this season showing major durability concerns. Those durability concerns drop Mahura to the third round.
Buffalo Sabres: Casey Fitzgerald, D, Boston College A Grade
- Casey Fitzgerald was a top 100 prospect that went undrafted in 2015. He had 4 goals, 23 assists, 27 points, and a +27 +/- ratio in his first season at Boston College. I thought Fitzgerald would go in the fifth or sixth round. I'm surprised he got drafted this early, but I really like this pick which is why the Sabres are getting an A grade for taking the best player available.
Washington Capitals: Garrett Pilon, C, Kamloops Blazers (WHL) D Grade
- The son of Rich Pilon joins Washington in the third round after I had him going to Tampa Bay in the sixth round. Garrett Pilon had 15 goals, 32 assists, and 47 points in 71 games. He needs to keep developing in the WHL before joining the AHL. Taking an AHL only prospect in the third round gets a D grade at this point.
Tampa Bay Lightning: Connor Ingram, G, Kamloops Blazers (WHL) B Grade
- Connor Ingram is a solid pick despite being 19-years-old. He had a 2.96 GAA and .904 save percentage in 52 starts in 2014-2015. He improved on that with a 2.61 GAA and .922 save percentage in 61 starts in 2015-2016. Ingram also posted a 2.12 GAA and a .938 save percentage in 7 playoff games.
- Ingram will be able to make the jump to the AHL after the 2016-2017 season. The reason this is a solid pick is because he should be up quicker then most of the goalies in this draft.
Florida Panthers: Linus Nassen, D, Lulea HF (Elitserien) D Grade
- Florida took a sixth round defenseman in the late third round. This pick gets a D grade.
Dallas Stars: Frederik Karlstrom, C, AIK IF (Elitserien) C Grade
- Frederik Karlstrom is a fourth to sixth round pick. He had 13 goals, 20 assists, and 33 points on AIK IF's SuperElit junior team. He also had 6 goals, 5 assists, and 11 points in 6 playoff games. The Dallas Stars could have used a presence like that in this years playoffs which is why this pick got a C grade.
Edmonton Oilers: Filip Berglund, D, Skelleftea AIK (Eliteserien) D Grade
- Filip Berglund is a seventh round prospect. I'm gonna give the Oilers a D grade though because Skelleftea does a good job developing NHL defensemen in Sweden.
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